If you live in an apartment, it’s important that you take fire prevention very seriously. Not only can an apartment fire put the life of yourself and your family at risk, but it can also endanger all the other residents of your apartment complex. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you’re following these three simple tips to help keep your home safe.

    Keep Heating Sources Clear

    It’s important to give heating sources at least three feet of space all around them to prevent the heat they emit from sparking a flame. Make sure that there aren’t any flammable objects anywhere near any heat sources, such as electric heaters, wood or gas stoves, candles, radiators and even dryers. It’s also important to keep all heating elements cleaned well. Stoves and fireplaces accumulate residue that could become fire hazards and should be kept clean. If you are nervous about your ability to keep your fireplace safe, an electric fireplace may be the way to go. Electric fireplaces are much safer, and can even be more cost effective, while still producing the same benefits. Chimneys should be maintained on a regular basis by professionals for the same reason. Even your dryer lint catcher can become a fire hazard if it’s too full, so always ensure that anything that emits heat is kept clear and clean.

    Be Careful of Electricity

    It’s important to check your outlets, not only when you first move in, but also regularly, as loose wires and damaged outlets can be a very common cause of fires. Cracked and uncovered outlets covers can shoot out sparks and ignite nearby flammable objects, so always replace them as soon as they break. Electrical fires account for about 6 percent of residential fires, according to the USFA. It’s important that you replace any electrical cords that are frayed or have the inner wiring exposed and makes sure your appliances aren’t overheating during normal use. Consult with a professional electrician or talk to your landlord if you suspect faulty wiring within your apartment.

    Keep a Fire Extinguisher on Hand

    Whether your apartment came with one or not, it’s crucial that you keep a working and up-to-date fire extinguisher on hand. This will help you to stop any minor fires that may start before they spread and become dangerous or even contain a growing fire until the fire department arrives. It’s important that you also learn to use a fire extinguisher as well, as they can be dangerous in inexperienced hands.

    Understanding the risks of fire can help keep you, your family and your neighbors safe. Be sure to follow these tips and continue to educate yourself on fire prevention as your life really does depend on it.

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